Posted by: the3rdi | January 18, 2012

1,000 th young person finds a job through Community Jobs Scotland

SCVO is pleased to announce that its Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) initiative has reached a key milestone – in 5 months more than 1,000 young unemployed people have got a job working in the third sector.

John Barr, 21, has become the 1,000 th young person to find work through Community Jobs Scotland. John who is working as a Trainee Outdoor Instructor at the Adventure Centre for Education in Girvan, said:

“Life is pretty boring when you’ve no money and nothing to keep you busy.

“Finding work with the Adventure Centre for Education through CJS was great – and it’s not your ordinary nine-to-five job. I’m involved in all sorts of outdoor activities. Every week is different, early starts and long days

“So far I’ve assisted with bush craft and conservation sessions. Today we have been abseiling with a primary school group. The training is on-going and has been great so far – they always make it fun but I’ve also learned a lot. It is a cool place to work but I am also taking on a lot of responsibility – when you’re working with groups doing outdoor activities you need to make sure the people taking part are safe.”

John is one of more than 1,000 unemployed 16-24 year olds in Scotland to get back into work or find their first job through the SCVO-led initiative that will create 2,000 paid jobs for young unemployed people with third sector organisations.

Martin Sime, Chief Executive, SCVO, said:

“We are delighted to have reached this milestone, just five months since the Community Jobs Scotland initiative got underway.

“Not only is it creating real jobs for those at most risk of slipping into long-term unemployment, it is also helping them to develop new skills that will improve their employment prospects and supporting charities struggling to meet staffing costs.

“We can’t afford to ignore the potential of the third sector to help tackle this youth unemployment crisis. The 500+ organisations in our consortium tell us they have capacity to create double the number of jobs available through this initiative. The Scottish Government must find a way to expand and replicate it.

“Scotland’s young unemployed people want a job, want to work and want the opportunity to access the labour market.”

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